Category: Bishop Roald Nikolai

Journey with Wise Men

The Epiphany of the Lord Matt 2,1–12 Is it true, this fantastic story of wise men from the East coming to worship the baby Jesus? There is probably a bit in all of us that says that it couldn’t possibly have happened in this way – it seems to stretch credibility too far, so is …

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The Symbols of Christmas

The Nativity of the Lord Luke 2,15–20 Early in September the British public were hearing that Christmas dinners were in jeopardy because there would be a shortage of turkeys and trimmings including the essential “pigs in blankets”. Plastic toys from China, and other essentials were also being delayed. Midwinter festivities are now so thoroughly pagan …

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The evil I do not want, is what I do

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3,7-18 The stark message of John the Baptist is “Repentance for the forgiveness of sin”. It is the same battle that St. Paul confesses “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want”. [Romans 7;17] This crucial teaching is widely misunderstood and the message …

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Be Prepared

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3;1-6 Imagine that you’ve just had a message from God. He wants you to be the advance guard for his Son, who is coming soon to preach a revolutionary message of love for all, and who will ultimately die in the cause of unconditional love. How do you react? Probably …

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Christian Hope

Advent 1. Luke 21;25–36 Fifty years ago people might occasionally have seen a miserable looking man wearing three large placards walking the streets of cities like London, declaring the end of the world was nigh. Today’s apocalyptic message of doom is promoted by the media twenty four hours every day. Throughout history there have been …

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Solemnity of Christ the King

Last Sunday of the Year John 18;33–37 Since 1925 Pentecost ends with the solemn Christian acclamation of the Kingship of Christ. In England this was called “Stir up Sunday” from the collect before Advent. Typically this became associated with preparing the mixture for Christmas puddings rather than stirring the will power of the faithful. But …

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All Saints Day

Sunday October 31st this year will be widely celebrated as All Saints Sunday. This is of course a vast subject. But consider this: Pope John Paul II canonised more saints than any previous pope in history; for some counter-intuitive reason most of the saints of the Roman Catholic Church appear to be Italian, which suggests …

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Solemnity of St. Olaf – 29th of July

The Solemnity of St. Olaf was celebrated as a major church feast in the Nordic countries until the Reformation. Then in the late 19th and the early 20th century a renewed interest in Olsok (“Olaf’s Vigil”) aroused, and on the 29th of July 1930 the feast was reintroduced in connection with the official celebration of …

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Easter, Ascension and Pentecost

When St. Peter on Pentecost Day explains to the Jews that Christ is the Messiah, he sums up the salvific events by stating: “This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the …

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Christ is Risen!

The Psalmist in his prophecy about Easter Day (Ps 118:24) says: «This is the day the Lord has made.» Even if every day «is made to rejoice in» (Ps 90:14), the day of the resurrection is all the more so. It is the «Lord’s day», as St. John the Evangelist tells us, opening up a …

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A Reflection for Candlemas

How romantic it all seems, as recorded in Luke’s Gospel. The baby Jesus brought by Mary and Joseph to the Temple for the final act marking his birth, according to the Law of Moses. On the eighth day came the circumcision, then thirty-three days later the presentation, or sometimes known as the purification, a ritual …

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In the Fullness of Time

«In the fullness of time God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law» (Galatians 4:4). With this short but substantial phrase St. Paul sums up the mystery of the incarnation. Let us first notice the past tense. St. Paul sees the birth of Christ in the light God’s promise to …

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